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News Archive / Tagged: Orbital ATK

  • NASA studying farming in space to support trips to Mars

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Children might not want to hear this, but, if they want to be the first astronaut on Mars, they’ll need to eat their vegetables. To account for that painful truth, NASA has several space farming projects to ensure people living and working in space get fresh green stuff as part of their diet.

  • Pathfinder for Minotaur IV rocket stacked at SLC-46

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In an effort to ready Space Launch Complex (SLC) 46 for launching an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket later this year, three inert pathfinder motors were stacked at the pad. Space Florida invited the media to see the completed stack on Feb. 12, 2017.

  • PCM for OA-7 mission arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK's next Cygnus spacecraft, tapped to carry out the OA-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, has arrived at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Insider Exclusive: BFF’s long history continues with work on EM-1

    Jason RhianDecember 28th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — These days, when most people hear the acronym BFF, they think "Best Friends Forever", but the words "Booster Fabrication Facility" likely do not top that list. When it comes to NASA's 2018 Exploration Mission 1, perhaps it should.

  • ‘Flight parameter’ issue delays Pegasus launch – UPDATE

    Derek RichardsonDecember 14th, 2016

    Orbital ATK has postponed Wednesday’s planned launch of their air-dropped Pegasus rocket with NASA’s CYGNSS mission. An issue with flight parameter data used by spacecraft software was discovered during a routine test on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.

  • Technical problem delays CYGNSS launch – UPDATE

    Bart LeahyDecember 12th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After reaching altitude and avoiding inclement weather, a problem with a hydraulic pump ultimately caused a scrub for today's Pegasus XL launch to carry the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) satellite constellation into orbit.

  • NASA, Orbital ATK preparing to launch GPS-powered CYGNSS satellites

    Bart LeahyDecember 10th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An Orbital ATK Pegasus XL air-launched rocket will send the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), a set of eight microsatellites, into orbit at 8:19 a.m. EST (13:19 GMT) Dec. 12, 2016, off the coast from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The satellites will use GPS signals both to determine their location and to observe tropical cyclones.

  • ULA prepares to launch WGS-8 satellite to bolster military communications

    Curt GodwinDecember 5th, 2016

    Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) is the latest in a constellation of military communications satellites. The eighth member of the WGS series, WGS-8 will soon join its predecessors in providing global communications capabilities to the United States military and its allies.

  • Orbital ATK to develop ‘tipping point’ orbital assembly technologies

    Bart LeahyNovember 30th, 2016

    Orbital ATK is developing Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services, a set of in-space hardware assembly technologies, under the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s "tipping point" program. This public-private partnership will focus on capabilities needed for future human and robotic exploration missions.

  • A tale of fire: S.S. Alan Poindexter successfully completes OA-5 mission

    Heather SmithNovember 28th, 2016

    The S.S. Alan Poindexter Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed re-entry on Nov. 27 over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand following a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The mission known as OA-5 marked Orbital ATK’s return to flight operations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

  • Cygnus departs ISS, prepares for SAFFIRE experiment

    Derek RichardsonNovember 21st, 2016

    After spending a month attached to the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus was detached and released by the robotic Canadarm2 in the morning hours of Nov. 21.

  • CYGNSS set for air-launch on Pegasus rocket from L-1011

    Bart LeahyNovember 11th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A constellation of small spacecraft tasked with conducting Earth science, as well as monitoring hurricanes, is set to be launched on Dec. 12, 2016, from an Orbital ATK Pegasus rocket from a specially-modified L-1011 aircraft.

  • Strength in diversity: OA-7 to fly on ULA Atlas V 401 from Cape Canaveral

    Jason RhianNovember 5th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK will use an Atlas V 401 rocket to launch the OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft to the ISS. According to representatives of the company, the mission could take place as soon as the middle of next year and highlights that the diversity of NASA's Commercial Resupply Program is its strength.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Remembering

    Jason RhianOctober 30th, 2016

    ABOVE PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — It was a trip meant to last about four days. When all was said and done, nine had elapsed. As most of us are aware, travel in the post-9-11 world is not what one would describe as “fun", and covering the return-to-flight of Antares had been an interesting challenge.

  • Orbital ATK awarded contract to extend Landsat mission

    Bart LeahyOctober 27th, 2016

    NASA awarded Orbital ATK a contract to build the next-generation Earth observation satellite, Landsat 9. The company will have five years to complete the $129.9 million delivery order, awarded under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III.